The Bone Garden

The Bone Garden

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil--human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless woman was, and whatever befell her, is knowledge lost to another time. Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, Norris Marshall, a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College, has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists"--those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect. To prove his innocence, Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city--from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power--on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected ... and who waits for his next lethal opportunity.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780345502223
0345502221
Characteristics: 370 p. ;,25 cm

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Shelley51
Dec 19, 2015

I agree with SeaSpirit!

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ATR50
Apr 04, 2015

This was really good, Gerritsen at the top of her game. The back and forth in time was handled well, and just made for a compelling story and memorable characters. Julia's not fully fleshed out as a character, but the others are (even curmugeonly Harry), and Rose haunts you. Good snapshots of rich/poor life and medicine in the 1830s, even if the dialogue is definitely modern rather than how people back then spoke. Really enjoyed this one

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alex59
Dec 27, 2012

Excellent thriller - the way she goes back and forth between present and past is well done and never confusing. Enjoyed the characters and the historical details.

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msandlier
Aug 18, 2012

Excellent storyline. Loved the swap between 1830 Boston and current day. Couldn't put the book down!! I appreciate Gerritsen's writing ability!!!! I recently read a couple of books whose writing was so elementary.

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annjerryk
Jun 12, 2012

I liked how this was set in two separate eras. A good mystery that left me guessing until nearly the end.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 14, 2011

Enjoyed the two plotlines - one from the 19th century and one contemporary - dealing with the history of an old house and the secret behind the bones found buried in its back yard.

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lhollenback
Jan 04, 2011

Fantastic blend of two eras. Surprising, while logical, conclusion. Wonderful and loveable characters! Very well developed. This book should come with a disclaimer, however, to not read while eating!

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mdbenoit
Mar 17, 2010

If you don't have a strong stomach for pain and suffering, this book is not for you.

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blacklily1
Feb 20, 2010

Tess Gerritsen's writing has you slip between two centuries effortlessly. Brilliant writer and an excellent story.

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seaspirit
May 22, 2008

Interesting storyline. I found the information on historical medical training and grave robbers interesting.

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